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Watch Commencement and Hooding ceremonies on live stream

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is celebrating its 6,029 graduates this weekend during the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and Spring Commencement. Click here for a replay of Saturday’s Hooding Ceremony, during which more than 200 of Carolina’s doctoral candidates were recognized. Click here for the live stream of Spring Commencement, which will be presided…

Engineering a better future

Ashley Johnson has always wanted to help people. At first she thought social work would be her avenue to achieving that goal. Then anthropology was a consideration. Ultimately, she landed on science. “I came to see science as a really powerful tool to help society,” she said. “I wanted to do something that I knew…

‘What am I going to be doing for my country?’

It’s going to be a big weekend for graduating senior Shannon McKerlie. But unlike most of her classmates, her celebration won’t be inside Kenan Stadium with the other 3,721 undergraduates having their degrees conferred. Instead, the pinnacle of McKerlie’s college career will be the morning before Commencement on the steps of South Building. There, Cadet…

Five questions with Commencement speaker Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter has deep North Carolina roots. Her father’s side of the family — the Hokes — moved to Lincoln County, North Carolina in 1791, and the family has lived there ever since. Her great grandfather’s legal papers are even stored at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. On May 8, Slaughter will…

Well Said: Houston Summers

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Commencement is right around the corner, and today we are talking with graduating senior and student body president Houston Summers. The Greensboro, North Carolina native played minor league baseball for six years before attending Carolina. Join us every Wednesday for the University’s new podcast as we talk…

A degree — and more

Former Tar Heel safety Jeff Battle won’t be going to the NFL as he had once dreamed, but his future still includes football. Battle, who graduates Sunday as a member of Carolina’s Class of 2016, used his experiences on the field and his lessons in the classroom at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School to start a…

Tar Heel bred

Ever since she was a little girl, Shelby Miller knew exactly where she was going to college. “For a long time, I thought ‘college’ just was Carolina,” she said. “I don’t think I knew there were other colleges.” It was where she grew up watching the Tar Heels play football, where her grandfather served as…

‘A little humor helps’

When Joseph Ferrell stepped to the Kenan Stadium podium for his first commencement as secretary of the faculty in 1996, he quickly realized something was a bit amiss. “I started reading the citation and the students started reading along with me,” Ferrell said. “As soon as I realized what they were doing I started reading…